Today’s feast commemorates the Apostle who was chosen by lot to take the place of the traitor, Judas. What a difficult place to fill! Here in the icon we see his gentleness and humility, his readiness to undertake all that would be asked of him, his openness.

We pray today for all who are asked to undertake difficult roles, which may require great delicacy and tact. May St Matthias be always ready to assist with his prayer, and may God bless you this day.